EPA Reversal

Tightening up on toxic wastes

When the Environmental Protection Agency announced four weeks ago that it was suspending its ban on the burial of toxic liquids in landfill disposal areas, the outcry from environmentalists was deafening. Companies that had already invested in alternative disposal methods also lodged protests. The abrupt change in standards, said Connecticut Congressman Toby Moffett, who chairs a House subcommittee on the environment, was "ill-conceived and a danger to public health." A congressional resolution to force the EPA to reconsider its decision quickly won support from both parties. Last week the agency reversed itself and reimposed the ban. "It...

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